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Some good specific examples here, but there is some more depth and nuance to the bigger problem with textbooks.

I recently wrote some of my thoughts about the economics of textbooks and pricing as well as their long term effects here: "To Purchase, Rent, or Pirate? The Broken Economics of Textbooks in the Digital Age" http://boffosocko.com/2015/08/24/to-purchase-rent-or-pirate-the-broken-economics-of-textbooks-in-the-digital-age/